"[Moviegoing] brings people together," Douglas Burnham of the architecture firm Envelope A+D tells Hoodline. "With movies, it's dark, people are quiet, there's a little bit of an intimacy."
So Burnham, who helped design the interim-use Hayes and Octavia space PROXY, is part of the push for the space to pursue a new purpose: As an outdoor, walk-in movie theater. Maybe you've seen the large, tilted screen as it's taken shape in fits and starts. A projector is on the way, and this Friday PROXY launches a five week-series they're calling the PROXY Fall Film Festival.
The fest is happening despite a Kickstarter campaign for the theater that fell short of its $150,000 goal, but from which some funds went to the new HERE FOR NOW nonprofit with the same cause of bringing outdoor cinema to the area.
Things kick off with Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, winner of the U.S Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic) and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and continue from there. All screenings begin at 7 p.m. and are free, with food and beer for sale. What's more, the lineup is curated by PROXY team and filmmaker Malcolm Pullinger, known for Following Sean wichh was filmed in the Upper Haight in the '60s, and the documentary Winnebago Man.
"It's going to be scrappy," says Burnham, "but it's going to be great."
Update: PROXY has contacted SFist to note a few changes to the schedule, which has been updated below:
Friday, October 16: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rajon, 2015 [PG13]
Winner of the U.S Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic) and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Greg is an awkward high-schooler, trying to coast anonymously through his senior year. He spends most of hsi time making whacky parodies of classic movies with his only friend, Earl. When Greg’s mom insists he spend time with Rachel-a classmate who has just been diagnosed with leukemia—he slowly discovers the rewards and risks of true friendship. Starring: Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton, and Molly Shannon.
Friday, October 23: Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
Directed by David Zellner, Written by David & Nathan Zellner, 2015
Nominated for the U.S Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic) and winner U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Musical Score, 2014 Sundance Festival
Kumiko lives in a cluttered, cramped Tokyo apartment with her pet rabbit Bunzo, and works a tedious job for a nitpicky boss. When she discovers a battered VHS cassette of “Fargo”, she becomes convinced that the movie’s buried suitcase of cash is real, and heads off into the harsh Minnesota winter in hopes of finding the treasure.
Friday, October 30: Turbo Kid
Directed by Anouk Whissell, François Simard, Yoann-Karl Whissell, 2015
Winner of 2015 SXSW Midnighters Audience Award; official selection, 2015 Sundance Film Festival
A special Halloween screening, this retro-futuristic nostalgic tribute to 80’s action-adventure films follows The Kid, a young solitary scavenger obsessed with comic books, traversing the post-apocalyptic wasteland on his BMX. After his his new friend, the perpetually upbeat Apple, is kidnapped by the evil overlord Zeus, the Kid dons the persona of his favorite hero to deliver justice and save the girl of his dreams.
Friday, November 6: Secret Shorts: Films, Live Experiences, and More!
New and unseen short films, live experiments, and interactive experiences — a team of top film programmers and installation artists will present a night of visual treats designed to delight and amaze!
Friday, November 13: The Wolfpack
Directed by Crystal Moselle, 2015 [R]
In-person appearance + Q&A with the director
Winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize (Documentary), 2015 Sundance Film Festival
Despite growing up on the Lower East Side, the six Angulo brothers know little of New York City or the outside world, having spent most of their lives locked away in their apartment. Nicknamed “The Wolfpack,” most of what they know of the world has been gleaned from the films they watch obsessively and recreate meticulously, using elaborate homemade props and costumes. After one of the brothers escapes the apartment, the others soon want to follow, leading to a chance encounter with first-time film director Crystal Moselle, whose extraordinary portrait captures the thrills of The Wolfpack’s discoveries and illustrates the transformative power of movies.